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We loved the climb up to Montsegur. The views from above are spectacular. The climb is not too difficult with good waking shoes. Unfortunately, my husband and I try to fit too much into one day. I wish we could have explored the area more...More
Enjoy the scenic wonders of Montségur. Stay a while in the Cremats Place and reflect on the history of the Cathar at the hands of the cruel Christians. Wander up the the ruins and meditate on life of Mary Magdalene and a gentle inclusive way...More
Really enjoyed the spectacular location, tragic history attached to the site.we were lucky enough to follow local guide Fabrice explanation,( in French only i am afraid, ) which brought us a lot of knowledge, and followed by a visit of the local museum.free with the...More
Not to be missed if in the area. Climb is not too bad (looks worse than it is). We strongly recommend you find accomodation elsewhere though. Websites and email didn't work. The only place open was full and the other locals including in the tourist...More
We visited Montségur on a grey-ish August afternoon on our recent holiday. After a picnic on the grass at the bottom (a short distance from our parked car) we began the steep climb to the top. The children were fascinated to be able to see...More
Montsegur is probably the most famous of the so-called Cathar castles, although most of these were built well after the Albigensian Crusade. Knowledge of some of the history of what occurred here in the Languedoc in the thirteenth century is helpful, albeit not essential, to...More
The road with the car is in nice condition and its a well organised parking area.Its a steep walk up 30 min, a bit slippery on the stones so have practical shoes. We took our dog with us and had a picnic what a great...More
Located closed to Foix 20 miles , it's a historical and symbolic castle where "Cathare religion" was eradicated in 1244 The view from this castle is impressive. But first you have to climb and before to go there insure you're heart is ok ,Last time...More
Response from CarpetBaggerAmI | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I was in the region in the fall. To be honest, Montsegur was the least interesting of the Cathar castles (Puilarens, Peyreptuse and Queribus are not only more spectacular BY FAR, they also have much better facilities for... More
Hi. I was in the region in the fall. To be honest, Montsegur was the least interesting of the Cathar castles (Puilarens, Peyreptuse and Queribus are not only more spectacular BY FAR, they also have much better facilities for tourists). We used VRBO to find a really lovely place in the beach town of St Pierre la Mer, which is a bit of a drive to Montsegur; however, no doubt there are many options nearer to Montsegur on VRBO and also Airbnb. There might even be places to stay IN the village of Montsegur. Montpellier is quite far from Montsegur on those winding, mountain roads. Notably sized towns nearer are Perpignan and even Carcasonne (which I have stayed in before AND which boasts the inimitable, restored Carcasonne castle!). Also, I didn't find there to be a lot of local transportation to the outlying castles. Villages are far apart, and it's quite mountainous in that area. Also, we had a great time at the castles WITHOUT any guided tours. Good luck and enjoy. It's an amazing area. You will want more than a short stay!
You don't need a tour. It really is just a ruin and you can visit it without a guide in ten minutes. There are basically just the walls still standing. It's perched on the top of a hill which you can walk up in 20 to 30... More
You don't need a tour. It really is just a ruin and you can visit it without a guide in ten minutes. There are basically just the walls still standing. It's perched on the top of a hill which you can walk up in 20 to 30 minutes. For the elderly it's quite a hike and at the top you have to be careful with small children as some of the paths at the top are on the edge of a steep side of the hill. Supposedly there's an entrance fee but because we arrived late the ticket desk was closed but access to the castle remained open. If you come by car you park at the bottom of the hill. You can also walk from the village but I think it's a bit of a way. I don't know about tours to visit but there must be some. Montsegur is well-known for being the last great stand of the Cathars but as it is merely a ruin there is not much information on the site itself. I hope this helps.
Response from Catalan66117 | Reviewed this property |
There maybe, among the Cathar Trail specialists. We drove from our house near the Mediterrean Coast. It is a must experience, we had various books about Montsegur with us, especially Zoe Oldenbourg's book Massacre at... More
There maybe, among the Cathar Trail specialists. We drove from our house near the Mediterrean Coast. It is a must experience, we had various books about Montsegur with us, especially Zoe Oldenbourg's book Massacre at Montsegur.